Celebrating 1960s Global Minimalism In Style

Celebrating 1960s Global Minimalism In Style

To celebrate its new exhibit on global minimalist sculpture, “Other Primary Structures,” The Jewish Museum opened its galleries and hosted a dance party for revelers last week.

“Shape Dance,” part of the museum’s evening series “The Wind Up,” featured a trio called JD Samson & MEN and DJ Gavin Russom. The darkened Scheuer auditorium featured light art projected onto either side of the stage. Attendees came in a variety of stripes and colors—some in skinny jeans and trendy sneakers, others in pleated, baggy trousers and white running sneakers.

The evening featured brightly colored minimalist-type sweets (think gum balls, sheets of candy spots, Twizzlers), bar selections that included international and Brooklyn brewed beer served by hipster bartenders, bearing tattoos.

All around the museum’s second floor, young men and women lolled around, slightly tipsy thanks to the open bar, wearing bright necklaces with colorful beads that they had made there. Some sported temporary tattoos, which they administered at a table next to the jewelry-making station. Over in the exhibit, which was sparsely visited, one could hear the thumping beat of the music.

It was Matt Starr’s first visit to the museum. “I’m shocked,” he said. Starr, an artist who designs visual experiences, came for the party and to network with other young Jews.

He brought with him Sebastian Maria, a multimedia artist, also visiting for the first time. Maria, who admired the building’s architecture, planned to dance. Fingering the chunky, beaded necklace he had just made, Maria speculated on its significance.

The first part of “Other Primary Structures” is on view at The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue (92nd Street) through May 18th. “Others 2” is on view from May 25th to August 3rd.

Caroline Lagnado is an arts writer in New York

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